One of our main objectives as the Office of International Programs is to enable our students to participate in exchange programs to enrich their university experience in both academic and intercultural aspects. In an effort to build a more inclusive application process for our outgoing students, we are excited to announce that it has been decided that KUEPE scores will also be accepted and the 2-year validity rule of TOEFL and IELTS exams will be removed for the following exchange program applications;

  • Erasmus+ Study Mobility
  • Erasmus+ Worldwide Study Mobility
  • Erasmus+ Internship
  • Erasmus+ Worldwide Internship
  • Global Exchange
  • Summer Exchange

Students will be able to apply for exchange programs with the following required language scores, even if the language scorecard is expired;

  • Koç TOEFL (TOEFL PBT): minimum 550
  • TOEFL IBT: minimum 80
  • IELTS: minimum 6.5
  • KUEPE: minimum 60

In addition to this, Postgraduate students can apply for exchange programs using;

  • GRE Verbal reasoning: minimum 135
  • GMAT Verbal session: minimum 15

Important Information on how to upload language scores during the application

Students with TOEFL and IELTS scores will have to upload their official language score report on our application system, whereas students who wish to apply using their KUEPE scores will need to take a screenshot of their KUSIS homepage, where KUEPE scores are shown.

If students have any technical issues with screening their KUEPE results on their KUSIS homepage, they must contact the IT department to solve the issue. Students can also contact the Registrar’s Office and English Language Center to get their KUEPE results as well.

Students who cannot upload their KUSIS homepage screenshot must request a document from the Registrar’s Office of English Language Center, to indicate their KUEPE results and upload that document on our application system while applying.

All students must enter their language scores manually in the “Foreign Language Exam Information” section during their application. More information can be found on “How to Apply” sections of each exchange program.

We are hoping that this new development will motivate you to apply and participate in our exchange programs. However, there are a few important notes we would like our students to pay attention to in regards to this new development.

  • This update will be put in regulation for the Erasmus+ Study Mobility First Call for Applications for 2021-2022 Academic Year, which we are planning to open between 02.2021 – 06.03.2021. This new update will be in regulation for the upcoming exchange program applications as well. Please refer to our Application & Selection Calendar for the exchange program application dates in detail.
  • Some Partner Universities might not accept the KUEPE scores to process incoming exchange applications. We are communicating this update with our partner universities and we will share a list of partner universities which accept KUEPE scores at the beginning of Erasmus+ Study Mobility applications (10.02.2021). The shared list will be tentative and may be subject to change during the application period. We kindly ask our students to follow our further announcements before completing their applications.
  • Students who would like to use their KUEPE scores for their application will be asked to select the universities on their preferences based on the list mentioned above.
  • Some Partner Universities might require a valid language score in their application process even if we select our students using their expired language scores. In that case, the students are responsible for submitting the required documents to their host universities during the application period after our placements. At most of our partner universities, the incoming application period for Fall participants is usually in April-May, whereas it is in September-October for Spring participants. Therefore, the students might be required to submit a valid language score if their host university requires such a document during the application. Please check our partner university fact sheets for detailed information. The most recent fact sheets of our partner universities are available in our Institutional Partners List, on the partner profile pages.

If you have further questions about the language requirements, please contact us at

Best wishes,

Office of International Programs